Ibrahim Traoreleader of the military group that seized power in Burkina Faso September 30, met on Tuesday with a delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), arrival in Ouagadougou. According to his information, the participants discussed the country’s plans for the transition to democratic governance after two coups in 2022. Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS mediator and former Nigerien president, said he was satisfied with the negotiations. ECOWAS will continue to support Burkina Faso during the transition period, he added.
Last summer, Burkina Faso’s previous authorities agreed with ECOWAS on the timetable for the country’s return to civilian governance. This process is expected to culminate in presidential and legislative elections to be held by July 1, 2024. A group of military personnel carried out a coup in Burkina Faso on September 30 and announced that Lt. Col. Paul- Henri Sandaogo Damiba was deposed. It was Captain Ibrahim Traoré who became the country’s new leader. He placed himself at the head of the ruling structure, the Patriotic Movement for Safeguarding and Restoration (MPSR). The soldiers who seized power announced the dissolution of the government as well as the suspension of the Constitution and of all political activity. (Tasse)